Republican Scott Brown has won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for nearly a half-century by Democrat Edward Kennedy.
Brown’s victory in the special election gives Senate Republicans the 41st vote they need to block legislation favored by majority Democrats and… Barack Obama.
Striving for an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown pushed ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley on Tuesday in a U.S. Senate election that became a referendum on…Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and his first year.
A loss—or even a narrow victory—by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century in this Democratic stronghold could signal big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
More immediately at stake was a critical 60th vote for Democrats to save their health care legislation and the rest of Obama’s agenda. A 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate could allow the GOP to block the president’s priorities with filibusters.
With 60 percent of precincts reported, Brown held a steady lead over Coakley.
I watched his victory speech, and here are some of the best quotes:
……Most of all, I will remember that while the honor is mine, this Senate seat belongs to no one person and no political party – and as I have said before, and you said loud and clear today, it is the people’s seat.
……I will work in the Senate to defend our nation’s interests and to keep our military second to none. As a lieutenant colonel and 30-year member of the Army National Guard, I will keep faith with all who serve, and get our veterans all the benefits they deserve.
And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation – they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.
Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country. What I’ve heard again and again on the campaign trail, is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people, impatient with dissent, and comfortable in the back room making deals. And we can do better.
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This is the kind of shit Massachusetts voters could have expected if Coakley got in:
A compilation of Coakley ‘accomplishments’:
October 2005: The curling-iron toddler rape case. Coakley brings no charges, then lets the rapist out on no bail.
The “Pedophile Priest” Case, 1995-2002: Coakley cut secret deal in 1995 that allowed Father Geoghan to molest again.
Martha Coakley is caught making false statements on financial disclosure form, does not report $262,000 in assets.
There are too many like Coakley in power; they need to be picked up by the scruff of the neck and seat of the pants, and tossed out on their asses.
I wish to hell my home state of Ohio had someone like Scott Brown in the legislature. I like his attitude, approach, and dedication to the Constitution. I also enjoyed hearing his opposition to the undeserved rights of muslim terrorists.
His election is a preview of what’s to come in November. Watch and listen as the Dems get even more shrill, insane, and desperate as the 2010 election draws near.